Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog post.

I know you’re here to learn more about fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle! I can help you to reach your goals.10302045_10153052327218648_3491970537823673509_n

I’ve been involved in fitness, since I came here when I was twenty, as a nanny from Sweden. I discovered aerobics and fell in love! We did not have anything like this back home, so when I moved back to Sweden I opened up an aerobics studio.

To me fitness is a part of having a whole life!

I ended up moving back to the United States in January of 1991, with my husband, who owned a fitness studio. A few months after I arrived, my life changed in an instant! I was hit by a car while walking across the street; I suffered a broken neck among other injuries. I was fortunate in that I did recover, but it took two long years of physical therapy, working out and massage to feel like my old self.

Did I just say massage and working out helped in recovering from my accident? YES!!!

It took about a few months for my fractures to heal, but I still suffered from a constant headache and tension after the accident. Massages saved my life! I worked out and had regular massages, which relieved and released the pain I was in. My accident taught me a lot about the human body and how to heal from injuries, which is why I work with so many people who have been through traumatic physical experiences! I can help them!

Once I was physically able, I started working with my ex-husband. We opened up another studio in Pasadena in 1993 and I am still in the same location 23 years later! I am so fortunate, as to have had clients who have been with me that long, and new ones joining me on a regular basis.

I have kept this business going, because it is my passion, even after the birth of my twin daughters in 1997. I love what I do and fitness is not just my job, but my lifestyle. You can see me out hiking and running the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, several times a week, or riding my bike, walking or doing yoga.

My philosophy is that you must keep surprising the muscles and stay consistently working out. It’s definitely not about overdoing it in one session, but to work out consistently 3-4 times a week. Most of my clients come in to see me for semi-private training twice a week and do some other form of exercise to supplement.

Have you tried semi-personal training?

It’s an opportunity to receive your own training program, while in the company and support of a few other people. It’s a great way to be fit, get more competitive with yourself and make new friends too. It is a great way to train, rather than having one on one sessions with a trainer, and for a fraction of the price.

I also have six massage therapists, and a Pilates studio, because I know what a difference it makes in overall health and well being.

My keys that I offer to well being and total fitness are to have a sustainable program for the long run meaning:

  • No one is going to the ER for overdoing it!
  • This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix!
  • It takes a commitment—something to stick with and see results!
  • To lose weight, maintain fitness it takes a combination of eating right, cardio and resistance training—there’s no shortcut!

Injury free is the way to go! Stay consistent and steady, it wins the race!

Please call me, so I can learn more about your goals and if you have injuries or any other obstacles to fitness. I will then have you come in for an in-person consultation. 626.799.7243.

In fitness and health,

Carina


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A Quick, Easy, and Healthy Dinner

Enjoy!!

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Ingredients 

  • 4 (6-ounce) fresh or frozen sustainable salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 whole blanched almonds
  • 1 garlic clove

Preparation

1. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange fish in pan; cook for 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

2. While the fish cooks, combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, bell peppers, and remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Serve pesto over fish.

3. Sustainable Choice: Look for salmon that’s labeled “wild Alaskan,” and you can be sure that you’re getting a sustainable option.


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Last Sunday’s Climb For Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

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We hiked Mt. Baldy to support USMC Ssgt Charlie Linville. He lost his leg last summer in Afghanistan. Yesterday he left to climb Mt. Everest what a great accomplishment for him! Enjoy the pictures from our climb up!

 

 
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Body Weight

Use Your Own Body Weight As Resistance

As most of you already know, not all strength training requires barbells.  Lifting your legs, shifting the weight of your torso, and supporting the weight of your body on specific muscle groups is an effective in strength training.  Practice movements supported by core stability to strengthen and elongate our muscles using our own bodyweight.

 

Bodyweight Boredom

Your muscles need continuous challenge to improve and develop.  Our bodies have an amazing ability to adapt to any exercise.  This is why that DVD you bought last year is covered in dust; your muscles got bored.  Even if you were 100% committed and did the workout 5 days a week for a month, you quickly saw a cap to the results and decided “this doesn’t work.”

 

The Challenge

The real challenge with any bodyweight strength training routine is to continually increase the difficulty level; to work your muscles harder even as your body may be losing weight.  This is where personalized strength training instruction comes in.  Our instructors at the Pro Fitness Network can help you bust through these plateaus as you reach them, constantly finding new ways to challenge and sculpt your muscles.

 

Beat boredom and build real strength with our trainers!


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Mt. Baldy Hike!

Mt. Baldy hike! Jan 24th, 2014    Mt. Baldy summit 10,064 feet!  Jan 24th, 2014.  Mt. Baldy hike! Jan 24th, 2014  Photo: Mt. Baldy hike! Jan 24th, 2014  Photo: Mt. Baldy hike! Jan 24th, 2014

Hike with Alice and Sarah. The ski lift to Baldy notch, the hike on Devil backbone to baldy summit at an elevation of 10 064 feet, then all the way back! Beautiful day!


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